MPH in Epidemiology & Biostatistics

MPH in Epidemiology & Biostatistics prepares students to design and conduct population health studies and apply research findings to improve the health of urban populations. It consists of 2 tracks: one in Epidemiology and one in Biostatistics. Epidemiology students learn to understand the principles, methods, strengths and limitations of epidemiologic study designs; collaborate on applied population health research; interpret epidemiologic findings, effectively communicate research and finding to lay and professional audiences, and apply the findings to the development of evidence-based interventions to improve population health. Biostatistics students gain an awareness and basic understanding of advanced statistical methods and learn to apply core and intermediate level statistical methods to public health endeavors, such as data management, statistical analysis, interpretation, and presentation of analytical results using computing technology. Graduates of both tracks are employed in government and private health agencies, industry, and research institutions. Credits: 45

Admissions:

Students applying for Fall 2019, please see our revised curriculum.

Competencies (Epidemiology)

  • Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes
  • Use measures of disease frequency and association to appropriately describe the distribution and determinants of disease, and appropriately characterize statistical uncertainty around such estimates
  • Critically read and evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic literature from a methodological perspective
  • Select epidemiologic study designs, data collection techniques, and analytic approaches suitable for different scientific inquiries
  • Identify key threats to validity (internal and external) within and across epidemiologic studies
  • Use statistical software to collect, retrieve, analyze and summarize epidemiologic data

Competencies (Biostatistics)

  • Describe assumptions, procedures, strengths and limitations of statistical methods that are used in public health research
  • Select statistical methods that are suitable for different purposes of analysis and different types of data
  • Apply statistical methods correctly in public health research
  • Use information technology and computer software effectively for collection, management, analysis and presentation of public health data
  • Accurately describe computer outputs of those analyses and appropriately interpret the statistical results
  • Write scientific reports of statistical analyses correctly with tables and figures
  • Orally present statistical findings clearly and effectively
  • Summarize correctly and critically evaluate statistical analyses in published literature
Core Coursework (15 credits) BIOS 611 Principles of Biostatistics
EPID 611 Principles of Epidemiology
EOHS 610 Fundamentals of Environmental Health
CHSS 610 Fundamentals of Social & Behavioral Health
HPAM 610 Fundamentals of Health Policy & Management
Required Coursework (15 credits) BIOS 620 Applied Biostatistics I
BIOS 621 Applied Biostatistics II
EPID 620 Epidemiological Methods I
EPID 621 Epidemiological Methods II
EPID 622 Applied Research: Data Management and Analysis
Elective Coursework (9 credits) Epidemiology students choose 3 of the following, 2 of which must be EPID courses:

EPID 623 – Clinical Trials and Experimental Design

EPID 624 – Social Epidemiology

EPID 625 – Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases

EPID 626 – Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

EPID 627 – Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology

EPID 628 – Nutritional Epidemiology

EPID 629 – Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology

EPID 695 – Special topics in Epidemiology methods

One relevant course in biostatistics (e.g. BIOS 622 or BIOS 624)

One course in data mapping

One course in demography

One course in quantitative methods from another field (upon advisor approval)

  Biostatistics students choose 3 of the following, 2 of which must be BIOS or STAT courses:

BIOS 622 – Analysis of Categorical Data

BIOS 623 – Analysis of Longitudinal Data

BIOS 624 – Design and Analysis of Complex Surveys

BIOS 625 – Survival Analysis

BIOS 626 – Data Analysis

BIOS 627 – Analysis of Variance

STAT 70100 – Advanced Probability I

STAT 70300 – Mathematical Statistics

STAT 70600 – General Linear Models I

STAT 70700 – General Linear Models II

STAT 72600 – Theory & Methods of Sampling

One relevant course in epidemiology (e.g. EPID 623)

One course in data mapping

One course in experimental design from another field

(Biostatistics students are encouraged to take calculus-based probability courses e.g. STAT 70100.)

Practice Experience (3 credits) PUBH 696 Supervised Fieldwork
Culminating Experience (3 credits) PUBH 698 Capstone Project
Total Credits Required for MPH 45

 

For students beginning their program during the fall semester:

Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Fall EPID 611 Principles of Epidemiology 3
BIOS 611 Principles of Biostatistics 3
EOHS 610 Fundamentals of Environmental Health 3
CHSS 610 Fundamentals of Social & Behavioral Health 3
Year 1 Spring HPAM 610 Fundamentals of Health Policy & Management 3
BIOS 620 Applied Biostatistics I 3
EPID 620 Epidemiological Methods I 3
Selective I 3
Year 1 Summer PUBH 696 Supervised Fieldwork 3
Year 2 Fall BIOS 621 Applied Biostatistics II 3
EPID 621 Epidemiological Methods II 3
Selective II 3
Year 2 Spring Selective III 3
EPID 622 Applied Research: Data Management and Analysis 3
PUBH 698 Capstone Project 3

 

For students beginning their program during the spring semester:

Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Spring EPID 610 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3
BIOS 610 Fundamentals of Biostatistics 3
EOHS 610 Fundamentals of Environmental Health 3
CHSS 610 Fundamentals of Social & Behavioral Health 3
Year 1 Fall HPAM 610 Fundamentals of Health Policy & Management 3
BIOS 620 Applied Biostatistics I 3
EPID 620 Epidemiological Methods I 3
Selective I 3
Year 2 Spring Selective II 3
PUBH 696 Supervised Fieldwork 3
Year 2 Fall BIOS 621 Applied Biostatistics II 3
EPID 621 Epidemiological Methods II 3
Selective III 3
Year 3 Spring EPID 622 Applied Research: Data Management and Analysis 3
PUBH 698 Capstone Project 3